After the NCAA announced its decision to pull championship events out of North Carolina, state Democrat lawmakers called for a special session to address House Bill 2 but there is no indication Republicans will agree to it.
Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over the issue since it started earlier this year and both sides seem firm in their convictions. While Democrats say the only way to repair the the damage caused by HB2 is to get rid of the law while Republicans say this is just more political posturing by the Democrats.
“This General Assembly and its extremist leadership are playing with people’s livelihoods and the well-being of people all across our state,” said Sen. Mike Woodard (D) Durham County.
Repealing it now would require Republican leadership to call the General Assembly to go into special session.
“This is just round three or so in the wave of what I would call extortion against the state of North Carolina,” said Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (R). “Our women and girls are not for sale. They’re not for sale to Hollywood, to any concert venue, to the NBA or to the NCAA.”
Supporters of HB2 say it provides commonsense protections of women and children in bathrooms, locker rooms and shower facilities.
Many Republican leaders have said they do not support repealing the law.
Sen. Ralph Hise (R) of Mitchell County said in a phone interview that he sees nothing in the NCAA decision about how its actions protect women and childen in their showers, locker rooms and bathroom facilities.
Opponents said they believe HB2 will impact the November elections, particularly the governor’s race.
“The blame for this lies solidly at the feet of Pat McCrory, who signed the worst anti-LGBT bill in the nation,” said Rep. Chris Sgro (D) Guilford County. “I’m frustrated that he’s provided no leadership to do anything to get it off the books. I think we’re going to see a leadership change in November because of that.”
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